Long time, no see.
Now that the bulk of the subscriber content is finished, I can get back to what I like doing most, sharing my thoughts, some baseball, some maybe not.
Opening day is special, no question. I've been watching the game for almost 40 years, but my favorite opening day memory is recent. But then, some that have been watching the game since 1919 would say the same, Red Sox opening day, 2005, the ring ceremony.
Three memories remain the most vivid.
1. Hearing a rumor that the then Super Bowl champion Patriots would make an appearance and spotting a bunch of shoes underneath the American flag that draped over the entire Green Monster and realizing the two champions would indeed share the same field. When they lifted the flag and the Patriots emerged, the goosebumps were rampant.
2. Noting the entire Yankees team on the top step of the visitor's dugout, respectfully watching the ceremony.
3. After the team had received their rings, the music was building to a crescendo and "LAST BUT NOT LEAST" appeared on the video scoreboard -- my section started chanting "Theo, Theo". I turned to the guy next to me and said, "Nah, not his style." He said "then who, Pedro? I laughed and said, "you'll see..."
I was right, and Johnny Pesky finally got his World Series Championship ring. My goosebumps got goosebumps.
REPEAT AFTER ME -- It's only one day.
And no, we are not going to change Felipe Lopez' projection.
But I do own him on almost every team.
Hey, we projected Emilio Bonifacio to hit a homer this season and we were right!!!
Obviously by the opening thought, I am a Boston fan, but trust me, this is honestly an unbiased warning to all those pundits handing the NL MVP to Manny Ramirez. He is not going to carry over the production he had for 2 months for an entire season. He is going to go through stretches like that, for sure. But he will also go through a couple of spells where he looks lost, pulling off the ball, his lead shoulder flying.
He will break the slump by going the other way with authority, at which point you can expect him to get in a zone. The end result will be a typical Manny season, .300-35-100. Nice, but not MVP. Not in the same league as Albert, sorry.
I finally signed up for the MLB channel. Good thing I waited, I would have never been able to do the weekly projection updates otherwise.
Am I the only one who believes the football hosts on the Sirius-XM football station absolutely blow away the baseball hosts on the Sirius-XM baseball stations?
Gotta run, I have some games to watch....FINALLY!!!!!!